Have you ever dreamt about paradise where everything is just so peaceful, serene and quiet?
As I close my eyes, I see endless rows of trees, lush greeneries and feel the cold weather that soothes to all of my senses. That's how I picture a perfect vacation on my own paradise.
Just last week, we had an awesome and memorable stay in one of Tayabas Quezon's most regarded resorts. Graceland Estates and Country Club (Check rates online) is a sprawling 11-hectare development inside a huge 22-hectare prime property in Tayabas, Quezon. It offers its guests with wide selection nature-inspired amenities and activities that couples, families, friends and even solo travelers will surely enjoy.
The resort's facilities and amenities provide a very good first impression and it does not disappoint. From the the apartelle we stayed in (Check rates online), to the lovely lagoon and the restaurant, everything is just so nice!
Our room (Check rates online) is located at the 2nd floor of the Apartelle which gives it a commanding view of the awesome surroundings.
It has 2 single beds that has comfortable foam mattresses complemented with clean white sheets, blankets and pillows. The room is clean, well-organized and smells fresh.
It is also equipped with amenities and facilities needed for a comfortable stay. It has an en suite toilet and bath, cabinet, a television set with cable channels, a day bed, veranda and a kitchenette with a sink and mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water
The toilet and bath is also nice. It is clean and well-maintained. It has hot and cold shower, a sink, mirror and a water closet with bidet spray. Basic toiletries such as shampoo, soap and bath towels were also provided. One that needs to be improved is the weak water pressure. Other than that, everything is fine.
On one side of the room is a full length glass window with a door that leads to our own private veranda. This is our favorite part of the room where we spent most of our time just hanging around while enjoying the stunning view of nature and feeling the cold weather. Yeah, the weather in Tayabas feels like Tagaytay!
Internet AccessWifi internet connection is not available inside the room. But 3G signal is strong and stable anywhere inside the resort. If you wish to use the WIFI, it is available at their in-house restaurant just beside the lagoon.
Memphis Garden Cafe and GrillThe following morning, we had the complimentary breakfast served at their in-house restaurant called Memphis Garden Cafe and Grill. Every booking comes with complimentary breakfast where you may choose from their wide selection of breakfast meals. You may also add other dishes by choosing from their menu composed of local Quezon specialty dishes and some international cuisines. Breakfast is served from 6:00 am to 10:00 am daily.
What we had? We had Kinulob na Baka and Chicken Tocino paired with brewed coffee. We also got to try their other dishes for our lunch and dinner during our stay. I will share more about it on my next post.
Resort Amenities and FacilitiesOne of the things I love most about Graceland Estates and Country Club is the wide array of activities and facilities which make them an ideal place for family outings and company team building activities.
There are 2 swimming pools in the resort, a lower and an upper pool that is available to all checked-in guests. We were too lazy to take a dip because it was cold and raining from time to time during our stay. But we enjoyed lounging around the poolside while savoring the fresh air and being caressed by the cold weather.
My favorite part of the resort is the lagoon surrounded by tall trees and with the mountains on the background. It is perfect for boating and fishing where guests could catch fresh tilapia from the lagoon.
There are also picnic tables on the island in the middle of the lagoon connected by a bridge. This is a good place to just lounge, maybe have some barbecue while enjoying the sights with your family and friends.
Other activities they offer are biking, wall climbing and rope courses that the kids will surely enjoy. Unfortunately, the rope courses and wall climbing were closed for renovation during our visit. It would have been fun and exciting to try them. Maybe, next time!
Other amenities and facilities include a kids playground, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, deer farm, horse back riding, jogging trail, a golf training range, bonfire area and camp site. Definitely, you will never get bored when staying inside the resort.
Overall, we had a pleasant and comfortable stay at Graceland Estates and Country Club. I love the peaceful and well-maintained environment that certainly give a serene and tranquil feeling.
So, if you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation just 4 hours away from Manila, go to Graceland Estates and Country Club! The serene and tranquil environment of the resort will surely make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It is a true paradise for those who seek to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life.
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With all of its awesome amenities and facilities, an overnight stay is still not enough for us to fully enjoy the resort. I wish to come back soon!
How To Get There:From Manila by Public Transport
- Board a bus going to Lucena. Travel time is about 4 hours.
- Get off at Lucena Grand Terminal.
- Take a jeepney bound for Lucban.
- Ask the driver to drop you off at Graceland's gate on the right side. Travel time is about 20-30 minutes.
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Graceland Estates and Country ClubAddress: Barangay Camaysa, Tayabas City, Quezon
Contact Numbers: (042) 793-2693 or (042) 793-2857 or (02) 697-5283
24-Hour Front Desk: (02) 697 7468
Mobile: 0917-597-5315 or 0917 592-9510 or 0922-818-7952
For inquiries and reservations, you may also contact their Makati Sales Office at:
Contact Numbers: (02) 899-6597 or (02) 896-9113
Globe: 0917-528-7778 or 0917-517-9256
Sun: 0943-708-2692 or 0922-484-9393
For the best room rates and hotel deals, you may book a room at Graceland Estates and Country Club via Agoda.com (Check Rates).
Disclosure: Graceland Estates and Country Club hosted our overnight stay in Tayabas, Quezon. We really had a memorable stay! Thank you for having us!
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